Friday, June 21, 2013

Together Tea by Marjan Kamali

Publisher: Ecco
Pages: 336
Format: book 
Buy the Book: Amazon 

Goodreads:  Darya has discovered the perfect gift for her daughter’s twenty-fifth birthday: an ideal husband. Mina, however, is fed up with her mother’s years of endless matchmaking and the spreadsheets grading available Iranian-American bachelors. Having spent her childhood in Tehran and the rest of her life in New York City, Mina has experienced cultural clashes firsthand, but she’s learning that the greatest clashes sometimes happen at home.

After a last ill-fated attempt at matchmaking, mother and daughter embark on a return journey to Iran. Immersed once again in Persian culture, the two women gradually begin to understand each other. But when Mina falls for a young man who never appeared on her mother’s matchmaking radar, will Mina and Darya’s new-found appreciation for each other survive?



Kritters Thoughts:  Mina is an Iranian-American who is trying to find her true self and what that may look like, can it have bits of both cultures that she has lived in?  Parts of the story are told from her mother's perspective - Darya who spent many more years in Iran and misses her home and has a difficult time making America her true home.  The push and pull with making a new place home and missing the former place really hit home with me.

At the heart of this story is a mother and a daughter who grow up in two different worlds/generations and must bridge the gap to maintain a relationship.  Although this story has cultural implications to it, any mother/daughter duo could read this book and feel the heart of the story.  I am waiting for my mom to read it, so we can have a great chat about how it can translate to all mothers and daughters.  

Rating: absolutely loved it and want a sequel


Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from TLC Book Tours.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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